Available positions

Changing Pathways is a place-based domestic abuse support charity that has been supporting survivors and their children in South Essex and Thurrock for over forty years. We have recently expanded to include services in Brentwood, Epping Forest and Harlow.

We have an exciting position available in the Southend area for an individual who is committed to helping survivors to break the cycle of domestic abuse and support their recovery.

The successful candidates will be expected to demonstrate their commitment to Changing Pathways values:
• Empower
• Educate
• Respect and dignity
• Collaborate

Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA)

Changing Pathways is an innovative, exciting, grassroots charity working across South and South-West Essex. Our purpose is to bring to end the harm done through domestic and sexual violence to all survivors. Our work is holistic and empowering, working alongside survivors to achieve independent lives free from abuse.

You will be joining a team of committed and inspiring individuals whose dedication has affected the lives of thousands of women and children in Essex. We are looking for a friendly and diligent individual to join our Southend IDVA team and help us make a difference.

About the Role

You will be working with high risk survivors of domestic abuse in the Southend area, providing support and advocacy to address their immediate risk and safety needs whilst helping them take that first step on a pathway without fear and abuse.

This is a fast-paced role working with risk and as such we are seeking a dynamic individual who is skilled in crisis management and able to assess risk for survivors of domestic abuse.

A Safe Lives IDVA or Women’s Aid DAPA qualification would be advantageous.
25 hours per week, £22,850 – £25,047 per annum, pro rata (dependent upon qualification), permanent contract.

About You

You will be empathetic, non-judgemental and committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policies and practices.

You will also have an understanding of our core values:

  • Empower individuals to make their own choices in a safe environment to enable them to regain their independence.
  • Work with respect and dignity, valuing each individual’s experiences and circumstances and advocating for their unique needs.
  • Educate on the devastating impact that domestic abuse has on individuals, local communities and society.
  • Collaborate and work in partnership with other organisations to provide the best support for those impacted.

In return, we offer great employee benefits including employer pension contribution, generous holiday entitlement and a focus on learning and development.

IDVA JD – Southend – 25 hrs

1. Organisational Info for Applicants
2. DBS Policy Statement
3. Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy
4. Application Form Guidance
5. Job Application Form
6. Applicant E&D form

For an informal discussion please contact Gemma at welcome@changingpathways.org or 01268 729707 Option 2.

Applications should be received no later than 5pm on 11/5/21. This vacancy may close before the current listed closing date. If you intend to apply you are advised not to delay submitting your completed application.

Interviews will be held remotely via video.

Treasurer Opportunity for Essex based domestic abuse charity

(please note Changing Pathways is a Women’s Aid affiliated organisation and, therefore, is an all-female organisation)


The Treasurer is one of a number of trustees that sit as part of a Board of Directors providing strategic direction for and robust governance of the organisation. The Treasurer’s role involves liaising with the Finance Manager, CEO and auditors throughout the year on various items including budget, year-end audit and ad hoc advice.

The Board meets bi-monthly throughout the year and meetings are currently being held remotely (via Teams or Zoom). In addition, there are usually at least two meetings with the auditors each year, one pre-audit and one-post audit. Together with the Finance Manager, the Treasurer will also prepare a presentation for the AGM summarising the results of the year.

If this is a role you are interested in please contact Jennifer Gould – Chair of the Board of Trustees:

Email: jennifer1@changingpathways.org

Mobile: 07738263040


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